I made a promise to myself last year at Art Basel Miami: “I am going get to Design Miami as one of the top things on my list.” And it happened! Last year, driving through the alluring Miami streets, the neon lights, the festivity in the air, my lovely partner, Michael, and I spotted an exhibition hall that we missed. We had the most exquisite time at the Convention Center, snaking through the large showroom for the main activities. Yet, by the time it hit Sunday, we were running late and missed the Design Miami exhibition by only a couple of minutes. Bummer!
Art Basel Miami 2017, did not disappoint. We began with stopping at these two non-descript middle doors to get our really handy press passes. They allowed us to walk right through and skip the fee. The first station that caught our eye was the Victor Hunt exhibit at G11.
Hexagonal, opaque, thick plastic screens dawned the front of a speckled lightbulbs in metal frames. It screens were akin to privacy glass. The effect was mesmerizing! When you peeked in the back, it looked like simple LED lights that resembled the dressing room mirrors or the most dazzling stars. Yet, when you stepped back in front of the screen, it looked like 3D spirals and spiraling balls. What barriers can do to change a perspective became my fixation for the remaining exhibition. I began scribbling image text notes of the light pieces down in my handy-dandy tiny journal. I carry these things with my everywhere. It’s the artist in me, what can I say?
When we think of the world itself, with all of its screens and filters, there is something of such deep simplicity about it. The elongated spiral piece, for example, reminds me of the spinal column. The back can do some many fantastic things. Think of gymnasts. Yet, when you everything is laid bare the intelligence of the design is in the simplicity. This is a metaphor for living. When we removed all of the glitz and glam from living, the core beauty of it can shine through.
Shayna S. Israel
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